Hugh Dancy to star in the Broadway premiere of ‘Venus In Fur’ with Nina Arianda

Hugh Dancy is joining the cast of the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club‘s Broadway premiere of David IvesVenus in Fur.

Directed by Tony Winner Walter Bobbie, the show also stars Nina Arianda and will begin previews October 13th at MTC’s Samuel Friedman Theatre.

Dancy made his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of Journey’s End. He followed that up with The Pride in 2009. He can be seen in the upcoming Our Idiot Brother and Martha Marcy May Marlene.

The press release is below.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES

HUGH DANCY TO STAR WITH NINA ARIANDA

IN BROADWAY PREMIERE OF

VENUS IN FUR

BY DAVID IVES

DIRECTED BY WALTER BOBBIE

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; OPENS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE (261 WEST 47TH STREET)

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy (Journey’s End, “The Big C”) will star with Tony nominee Nina Arianda in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR, the acclaimed new play by David Ives, directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.

Dancy is one of the most acclaimed young actors of his generation having made his Broadway debut in the 2008 Tony-winning revival of Journey’s End. He returned to the New York stage in the 2009 production of The Pride for which he received Lortel and Drama League Award nominations. Dancy also appeared in the West End production of To The Green Fields, directed by Sam Mendes.  His film and TV credits include his Emmy-nominated role in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” the acclaimed film Adam, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Evening. Later this month, he will be seen in the upcoming comedy My Idiot Brother and this fall he stars in the thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. Dancy also stars in Hysteria, opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal, which will premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. He can currently be seen in the second season of Showtime’s acclaimed series “The Big C.”

VENUS IN FUR will begin previews on Thursday, October 13 and open Tuesday, November 8 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production will play a limited 10 week engagement with tickets on sale through Sunday, December 18 only.

Critically acclaimed as “90 minutes of good, kinky, fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. Vanda (Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas’ (Dancy) new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This dazzling new play is written by theatrical mastermind David Ives, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.

Hugh Dancy is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

The creative team for VENUS IN FUR includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

VENUS IN FUR is produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) by special arrangement with Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis and Classic Stage Company.

In addition to VENUS IN FUR, MTC’s Broadway season at the Friedman Theatre includes the current hit production of Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS directed by Stephen Wadsworth, starring Tyne Daly as ‘Maria Callas,’ the upcoming Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson,directedby Lynne Meadow, starring Cynthia Nixon and the upcoming world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan, with John Lithgow in the title role.

Tickets for VENUS IN FUR are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $121.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

BIOGRAPHY

HUGH DANCY (Thomas) will soon be seen in the critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes. Directed by Sean Durkin, the film tells the story of Martha (Olsen) who escapes from a cult in New York and tries to reintegrate into a normal life with her sister Lucy (Paulson) and brother-in-law Ted (Dancy). The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Fox Searchlight on October 7, 2011.

In August, he will be seen in Our Idiot Brother opposite Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. The film centers on an idealist (Rudd) dealing with his overbearing mother and crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on August 26, 2011.

Dancy can currently be seen on Showtime’s original series “The Big C” in a multi-episode arc opposite Laura Linney and Oliver Platt. On the show, he plays a charming cancer patient who, after a rocky start, befriends Cathy (Laura Linney) during their time in an experimental drug trial. The second season of the show premiered on Monday, June 27, 2011.

Recently, he completed production on Hysteria opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal. The romantic comedy set during the Victorian-era looks at how the medical community invented the vibrator as a therapeutic massage device. He is also lending his voice to Summertime Entertainment’s animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz. The film is an update of the classic The Wizard of Oz and centers on Dorothy returning to a tornado-devastated Kansas and then being transported back to Oz to help her friends. Lea Michele, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Kelsey Grammer also lend their voices to the story, which penned by Randi Barnes, Adam Balsam, Martin Short, and Barry Glasser.

Dancy was previously seen starring in Adam opposite Rose Byrne where he plays the title character, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome struggling to survive in New York City. His character’s life changes forever when he meets his new neighbor Beth (Byrne). Adam premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The film was released by Fox Searchlight on July 29, 2009 and Dancy received rave reviews for his performance.

Dancy also starred in P.J. Hogan’s Confessions of a Shopaholic opposite Isla Fisher. The film was released by Disney/Buena Vista on February 14, 2009 and grossed over $100 million worldwide. Dancy’s other film credits include: Evening, The Jane Austen Book Club, Beyond the Gates, King Arthur, Ella Enchanted, The Sleeping Dictionary, Black Hawk Down, and Young Blades.

On television, Dancy starred in Tom Hooper’s critically acclaimed series “Elizabeth I”opposite Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. He received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as ‘Earl of Essex’ and the series received the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and the Emmy Award for Best Miniseries.

Dancy’s other television credits include: “Daniel Deronda,” “David Copperfield.” and “Madame Bovary.”

On stage, Dancy starred in the MCC Theater’s Off-Broadway production of The Pride from February 16, 2010 through March 20, 2010, opposite Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riesborough. Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Joe Mantello, the story is a complex love triangle with conflicting loyalties and passions that jumps from 1958 to the present and back in a maelstrom of fantasy, repression and rebellion. Dancy also starred in David Grindley’s A Journey’s End opposite Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays and Stark Sands, which won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Dancy graduated with an English Literature degree from St. Peter’s College, Oxford.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR VENUS IN FUR:

Please note, except for Thanksgiving Week, VENUS IN FUR is dark on Mondays:

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. This first partial week, there will only be five performances with no Saturday matinee.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13: Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, there is no performance Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

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